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Note from Rev. Daniel Wise. Rev. J. LITCH,—Dear Brother :-I have read your Ad. dress to the Clergy with much pleasure. When I took it up, my mind was deeply prejudiced against the theory it advocates, but when I laid it down those prejudices were greatly softened. Still I am not convinced, but merely set on a train of inquiry into the subject, that I intend shall result in a perfect settlement of my opinion on the questions involved. I consider your address far before Mr. Miller's, lectures in perspicuity, consistency and force, and you have my best wishes for its wide circulation.
Very respectfully yours,
Extract of a Letter from Rev. John A. Sillick. To Rev. J. Litch.-"Since last year I have been a subscriber to the Literalist,* which I have read with great interest, and from which I have received much interesting light and information. The idea of the personal appear. ing and reign of Christ with all his saints upon this earth was new and enrapturing. I was convinced, from a fair investigation of the subject, that my former views had been traditional rather than scriptural. Though I was much pleased with the general views set forth in the Literalist, yet there were many things which I could not subscribe to.
“ Your little work gave me a more clear, and, I think, scriptural view of the subject. I think it must strike the mind of every candid reader with the force of the truth. Whether you are correct in fixing the dates of the prophetic time, will soon be determined. At any rate, if the general theory is correct, the time is near, even at the door; and it becomes us to sound the midnight cry, Behold, the Bridegroom cometh. The more I examine the prophecies and compare these prophetic periods with history, the more I am convinced that you are not far out of the
The additions that have been made by the author, particularly relating to the fall of the Turkish empire, cannot fail to make the work still more interesting. Boston, JULY 15, 1841. Joshua V. HIMES.
* A republication of English works on the Prophecies.
ADDRESS TO THE PUBLIC.
We have a sure word of prophecy, whereunto we do well that we take heed, as unto a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in our hearts. This word of prophecy relates to things past, present, and future, but all centre in Christ, his sufferings, and the glory which shall follow.
That both these events are the subject of prediction, must be conceded by all who acknowledge the divine authenticity of the Bible. That all which was predicted of Christ's sufferings, both of manner and time, has been fulfilled to the letter, is acknowledged by all Christians: but the manner and times of his sufferings were no more plainly taught than those of the following glory. If so, then it becomes the solemn and imperious duty of all believers in the Bible, to examine the word of God carefully for themselves in reference to these things. True, many at the present day think it useless labor, if not worse than useless, to attempt an investigation; but not so the apostle : “Ye do well that ye take heed."
Although the following pages were originally address. ed to the clergy, yet they were not designed exclusively for them, but for the public generally.
The object of the writer in giving this work to the public, was to present, in a condensed and consecutive form, the great and grand subjects of scripture prophecy, and the times of their fulfilment; and to present the whole so briefly and distinctly that everybody, of com. mon capacity and any disposition to inquire for light on the subject, might understand the theory in its various bearings.
There are very many persons who have but small means, and hardly feel themselves able or willing to expend much in the investigation of this subject, who are furnished in this work with a full view for a trilling expense, and are thus left without excuse for their ignorance on the subject.
The same, also, may be remarked in relation to those who complain of a want of time; the work is so brief, and yet full, that no one who has any disposition to in. vestigate the subject at all, but can find time for going through with the book at least once. But it is believed that one careful perusal will not be all that the attentive reader will be disposed to give it; but he will feel that it will amply repay him for a more full and extended investigation of the prophecies.
More than one ycar has now passed since this work was first given to the public, during which time the writer has been a diligent and careful observer of the Signs of the Times, and student of the Holy Scriptures. But, on reviewing the work, he finds very few words, except typographical errors, which he wishes to change. But, on the other hand, he has found much to convince him of the correctness of his positions as expressed in this book; especially the affairs of the East, in the departure of the Ottoman supremacy and independence in Constantinople, corresponding so exactly as it does with the calculations made in reference to it in this work. (See Section VI.) To that calculation is now added a history of the accomplishment of the calculation.
That this humble production, with all its imperfections, has been the instrument of good to some, the writer has strong reasons for believing; and therefore the more cheerfully sends forth the second edition, praying that God may make it a blessing to the church and the world.
Reader, lay aside prejudice, examine carefully, weigh candidly, and decide with an enlightened judgment and good conscience, laying to heart, and acting in reference to the truths herein disclosed, that you may meet God in peace, and enter into his glory.
Boston, July, 1841.